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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Saskatchewanians, rejoice!

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The Saskatchewanism "bunny hug" made its appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2019:

Canadian. A hooded sweatshirt. 

Chiefly in Saskatchewan. 

Recorded earliest as a modifier.

1978   Shellbrook (Saskatchewan) Chron. 21 June 14/6   Lost—at Memorial Lake Sun., June 18th, one rust colored bunny hug jacket, with prescription sunglasses in pocket.
1982   Trade Marks Jrnl. (Canada) 28 Apr. 4/2   Wares: men's and ladies' clothing, namely, shirts, t-shirts,..bunny hugs, jumpers.
2017   Star Phoenix (Saskatoon) (Nexis) 29 Nov. (Early ed.) a3   He is wearing a blue bunny hug.
(Of course it has been in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary since 1998.) 

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